Beachy Keen

Hello Friends & Welcome Visitors,

Hope you had a wonderful weekend!  The weather here in Maryland was perfect this weekend.  We are going for boat rides, catching Maryland Blue Crabs off of our pier so all's right with the world!

A design buddy of mine is on a new design team so I recently went to see what this group was all about.  It is called MHK Designs they have the most beautiful vintage digital stamp sets I have ever seen!  Of course I had to get one.  This one is called Beachy Keen stamp set.  It not only came with the image but with many sentiments too!

I have had this Premier Altered Kit from Quick Quotes Club Q for awhile, I was just waiting for the chance to use it.  The two came together to make this frame to give to my sister for her birthday.

Here is a close-up of the digital stamp and sentiment.

I wanted it to look like dusk.  That used to be one of my favorite times to take my children to the beach to burn off that last little bit of steam before I would give them a bath, read them a story and tuck them in bed for the night.  The song I was listening to and inspired by is "Summer Wind" by Frank Sinatra - How did my children grow up so fast and move away?

Here is a list of products that I used to make this project:

Digital stamp & sentiment - MHK Designs
Quick Quotes Premier Altered Kit - 4 Layer Frame
Quick Quotes Powder Puff Chalk - Coconut White, Caribbean Blue & Baha Blue
Prima Tag Time - Seashore
Prima Flowers - Seashore
Shells - At the bottom of the sea
Big Sentiment on side of frame -
Copic Markers
Pearlescent Water Colors
Tim Holtz Bottle
Mud Puddles Sand
Pears & stick pin from stash 
Upcycled item - Mesh bag that lemons come in.

I am entering this project into the following challenges:

Quick Quotes - Challenge #64 Upcycling!
MHK Designs Challenge - June/July
Decorate To Celebrate - Challenge #13 Anything Goes
DL.Art Thankful Thursday Linky Challenge - #183 Summertime
Gem of a Challenge - Anything But A Card
Crafty Friends Challenge U.K - Inspired by a song (summer wind)
Imagine That! - Tic Tac Toe  - I used gems, sentiment & flowers

Little Claire's Designs - challenge #70 Create A Scene
My Time To Craft Challenge U.K - #323 Summertime
Catch the Bug Challenge U.K. - Color Challenge 
Artbymiran Challenge - # 61 Anything Goes
Crafting With Friends U.K. - Challenge #23 Anything Goes
Creative Fingers Challenge U.K. - #112 Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - #166 Say It With Flowers
Melonheadz Friends - Off to the Beach!
Crafty Boots Challenge - Summer Time
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Summer (also having a "closing down" sad)
Simon Says - Use Patterned Paper
Deep Ocean Challenge - Metal or Wood (stick pin metal and wooden cork on bottle)
(PIN)spirational Challenge - #168 First Day of Summer!

Just for fun, I thought I would show you the mess I made in my craft room just making this one project!  Geeeezzzz...

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I appreciate all of your comments!


Ice Cream!

Hello My Friends,

Oh summer is upon us and it is wonderful.  I am going to try to get a lot of Birthday cards made during the summer vacation.  Here is my first.  

This little fellow can not wait to lick some of that delicious looking ice cream.

Here is the recipe for this card:

SVG Cuts - Ice Cream Birthday Kit
Paper - Close To My Heart Taste of Summer (from my consultant Diana Larson D.L Art)
Pearls for eyes
Stkittles from
Buttons, twine & flowers from stash
Powder Puff Chalks - rusty nail, green with envy, sunset, creamy cocoa, fushia

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

DL.Art - DL.Art June Linky challenge

Thank you so much for stopping by my friends!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Oh Buoy! Nautical Decoration

Hello my friends! 

 I have missed you all so much!  I never believed when I decided to take a break that I would be gone so long.  I hope that you are all well and that your families are thriving.  How have you been?  Happy Summer!

Even though I haven't been in my craft room very much, I have made a few projects.  Here is one.

I have fish netting on the gazebo on my deck.  It looked a little empty so I decide to give it a little more decoration.  I started with plain buoys that I purchased from

I attached some nautical stickers to them and then painted over the stickers with Heavy Gesso White.  When that dried, I sprayed them with Krylon Matte Finish.

Warning: picture heavy, you may want to get a cup of coffee or tea...

This is the finished net with the buoys attached.

This was a fun project that I really enjoyed.  I am entering this project into the following challenges:

Decorate to Celebrate - Challenge 12 Anything Goes
OLLCB - Challenge #207 Sand, Sun & Sea

Now for news about my puppy Duncan.  He is a hand full!  I feel like I have a two year old running around the house again.  His personality is very different from Louie's (even  though he looks more like Louie every day) he is super out going, very fearless and funny!  We are taking him to obedience classes but this dog only obeys when he feels like it!  In keeping with the nautical theme, here his is out on our boat....yes, he is hanging off the side..luckily we taught him how to swim in our pool and bought him a life jacket!

Thank you for stopping by!  Hope to be around more this summer!


Hello Friends

Hello my friends,

Sorry that it has been so long since I have posted here.  I am having family issues as well as health issues.  I hope that you & your families are all doing well.  I just do not feel like creating right now.  I am organizing my scrapbook room when the puppy gives me time.

He has brought so much joy back into my life.

I love you and miss you all.  I will try to "come round" to your blogs when I can.

Hugs & Kisses